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"Prisoner In Disguise"
© Asylum Records
Year of Release: 1975
Love Is A Rose
That's Me Up On
Roll Um Easy
Tracks Of My Tears
Prisoner In Disguise
Many Rivers To Cross
The Sweetest Gift
You Tell Me
That I'm Falling Down
I Will Always Love You
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"Prisoner In Disguise"
Linda Ronstadt returns with her 1975 release, Prisoner In Disguise,
an album that has a very good gentle sound. Country Rock to some, California
Rock as in The Eagles, best describes this album. Although there were no major
hits from this release -- the notable songs are Motown covers, and insterestingly
enough, many songs on this release were from well-known songwriters who would be
either popular on their own or with other groups.
Neil Young's "Love Is A Rose" is a great song, having a good Country
feel. James Taylor's "Hey Mister, That's Me Up On The Jukebox" has the
pleasant sound as in the Eagles' ballads. "Roll Um Easy" was wriiten by
Little Feat's Lowell George, and it does have a sound that was heard in most of
Ronstadt's most popular hits -- a good gentle Rock style.
Ronstadt has always recorded Motown classics extremely well. Smokey
Robinson's "Tracks Of My Tears" is no exception. The title track,
written by The Eagles' J.D. Souther, who also helps out on background vocals,
has a more theatrical approach. A very impressive ballad, this one does stand
out as an exceptional interesting song to listen to, with repeated listens.
Her version of the Motown classic "Heat Wave" (originally done Martha
& The Vandellas), rocks just as good as the original, adding a more rock flavor
than the soul of it.
Another remake is Jimmy Cliff's "Many Rivers To Cross." Many artists
have covered this song, as it appealed to more of a gospel approach, yet
Ronstadt's version is very impressive as well. Emmylou Harris helps out on
background vocals on the J.B. Coats track, "The Sweetest Gift," another
beautiful well-done ballad.
Artists such as Maria Muldair (background vocals) and James Taylor (Acoustic
Guitar) helps out on "You Tell Me That I'm Falling Down," another nice
pleasant soft Country Rock tune.
came about in the bio movie Walk The Line, as he was singing this song
in a very sad and very slow manner. The song was later changed to how it sounds
The last two tracks are both exceptional lovely ballads: Dolly Parton's
"I Will Always Love You" is just as good as the original, and even
better than the one that was in that Bodyguard movie (as Dolly's was
too). J.D. Souther returns to help on background vocals on another song he
wrote, "Silver Blue," another nice ballad.
Prisoner In Disguise is one of those albums you can simply just
relax to. It has some very well-done pleasant ballads, and not many songs
are in a true upbeat and fast rock style. It's a pleasant album, for those
pleasant times. Most fans relate to the most popular songs of Linda Ronstadt,
but it's a treat to listen to the other songs she recorded, and most notably,
seeing the songwriters of those tracks as well, knowing that they are popular
as singers, as well as songwriters.
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